War on Terror
Western Islamists Appear Content to Bask in Afghanistan's Sharia from Afar

The American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban's declaration of victory have inspired Islamists across the world. The Taliban announced its intent to enforce strict Islamic sharia law on Afghans.

But the joy of seeing Afghanistan fall back into the grasp of Taliban rule hasn't yet led Western Islamists to express any intention of moving there.

The Islamist group's recent posturing on women's rights was a "good start," Islamic Council scholar Khola Hasan told BBC Radio 4 last month, and "every single person that I know, as a Muslim" was "celebrating" their return.

"May Allah bless and give continuous victory to those who establish the Sharia of Allah on this earth, despite the fact that the kuffar (infidels) and the hypocrites hate it. You make the Ummah (nation) proud!" wrote Houston-based cleric Daniel Haqiqatjou, founder of the Muslim Skeptic group. Twitter banned Haqiqatjou for saying someone should be flogged for insulting another poster's mother.

After a U.S. drone strike following the terrorist attack on the Kabul airport killed civilians by mistake, Haqiqatjou prayed that "Allah protect the Afghan Muslims from the evil that Western 'Kuffar' continue to inflict upon them."

On a similar note, Colorado-based radical Salafi cleric Karim Abu Zaid criticized those who condemned Taliban's forcing women to wear the hijab. "Why is there so much hypocrisy in the world now? Why not accept the Taliban as conquering rulers? You know, why you don't raise any concerns when France's [President] Macron decided to force Muslim women out of hijab," Abu Zaid said in a video clip. "The hijab is an element of Islam, of the sharia. Now, you should love for the law of Allah to be established, through the legal lawful channels, without violating the laws of the land."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Houston chapter issued a statement on Aug. 18 urging politicians and media outlets refrain from following what they called the anti-Muslim tropes and misuse of Islamic terms.

"As we witness the shocking aftermath of 20 years of American military involvement in Afghanistan, we must remain vigilant here at home in documenting and resisting media outlets and elected officials who use inflammatory Islamophobic tropes or misuse Islamic terms to describe events or advance their political agendas" said CAIR-Houston President John Floyd.

But these so-called tropes are exactly the practical application of what Islamists attempted to apply in some Western societies, such as the Sharia Board of New York (SBNY), or Muslim patrols in Europe and even New York and Minneapolis under the pretext of protecting the Muslim community.

Shadi Hamid, author of the controversial Islamist propaganda book Islamic Exceptionalism, argued in The Atlantic that the Taliban "often provided better governance than the distant and corrupt Afghan central government." It was a mistake to pin the war's hopes on "a strong, centralized authority" in a country where people were accustomed "to informal and community-driven dispute resolution, and local figures they trusted. And this left the door open for the slow return of the Taliban."

Later, he argued that many Afghanis prefer the harsh sharia justice saying it "provides an organizing framework for rough justice and a justification for its implementation, and is more likely to be perceived as legitimate by local communities. Secular groups and governments simply have a harder time providing this kind of justice."

Even before the Taliban swept back into power, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Ayat Orabi praised its resilience from her New Jersey home. "The danger of the Taliban's ideology spreading to the rest of the region has surfaced, so America had to fight the Islamic ideology under a new name, which is fighting (terrorism)," wrote Orabi. "Therefore, there was also a need for a justification that America marketed to the American people so that it would be easy to obtain a resolution from the American Congress approving the occupation of Afghanistan. The attack on the World Trade Center, for which al-Qaeda was accused, and immediately the international media began preparing the world for the new war that would start in Afghanistan and extend to Iraq."

Hizb ut Tahrir, a London-based radical Islamist organization which calls for a global caliphate, issued a statement Aug. 15, saying Muslim countries need to "fortify" themselves to prevent future Western invasions. "Indeed, our power does not lie in reliance, alliance and dependence on the enemies of Muslims, whether it is China in the East or the US in the West ... Do not care for the international order or the approval of its colonialist guardians, for like negotiations, it is a trap to deny the Islamic Ummah that which you can seize for it by your sweat, blood, fire and steel in Jihad in the Path of Allah (swt). The international order is the order of the criminal states of our era."

These are just a few examples of the pro-sharia Islamists and organizations in the West who endorse the new Islamic state in Afghanistan and the application sharia by the new rulers. The million dollar question for these Islamists is whether they would ever leave the Dar Al Kufr, or "infidel countries," and live out their sharia dreams in Afghanistan.

More than 73,500 Afghans fled from their country after Kabul fell to terrorist Taliban forces, fearing vengeance and a life under sharia which includes cutting the hands of thieves and other brutal punishments.

# Taliban # War on terror # Sharia
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